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One in Five PCs Infected With Rootkits


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Major Payne

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Malware researchers at Prevx have highlighted what they are calling a 'massive growth' in the number of PCs harboring rootkit infections.

More than 725,000 PCs were scanned using the Prevx CSI malware scanner over a two-month period. Of the around 291,000 users who scanned their PCs during October 2007, some form of spyware or malware was found on one in six.

Significantly, although rootkits were detected on 15.6% of PCs during October 2007, that figure had risen to 22% by early December.


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Did a scan using Prevx's quick scanner. I would think it would have found other stuff, but it said I am totally clean. Of course, most of my other anti-virus and malware apps say the same thing. :)

Ron

Edited by Major Payne, 24 December 2007 - 01:05 AM.

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Used AVG Anti-Rootkit, and my computer is clean! Phew! Guess I'm one of the remaining four people in the group that takes good care of my system. *grins*

Edited by Ltangelic, 09 January 2008 - 07:09 AM.

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I think they're a little paranoid, and they don't say how exactly they define a rootkit.
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It's highly likely for that statistics to be true, seeing how many people are uneducated about the network security and its importance. A rootkit is a general description of a set of programs which work to subvert control of an operating system from its legitimate operators, it helps malware developers to gain control of a system for much longer, even after normal infections like trojan and such are removed.
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